Category Archives: Food

Prospective Bacterial Genomic Surveillance

One of the things the evul federal gummint is gearing up to every food borne bacterial disease isolate that is sent to either the CDC or public health labs in what is known as the GenomeTrakr Network (I’ve heard this … Continue reading

Posted in E. coli, Food, Genomics, Public Health

This Is Why We Don’t Have Flying Cars

Perhaps because our best-and-brightest are building this instead (boldface mine): What’s a “pancake selfie” truck? Holiday Inn describes it thusly: The rolling pancake station is outfitted with five pancake machines, each producing one pancake per minute – all at the … Continue reading

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Norovirus, The GOP, And Public Health Policy, Oh My!

Admittedly, the norovirus outbreak at the Republican National Convention has led to all sorts of ‘shitshow’ jokes, but there really are policy and political angles to this. As we’ve noted many, many, many, many times, the greatest norovirus vector–in English, … Continue reading

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Owl Restaurants

There’s a hilarious article in Washington City Paper about the translations of the Chinese names for D.C.’s Chinatown restaurants. According to local law, stores in Chinatown must translate their names and some other signage into Chinese. Mind you, calling Chinatown … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Food-Borne Pathogen Investigations

A while ago, there was a bit of a scandal as the D.C. location of Fig & Olive, a rather expensive restaurant was briefly shutdown due to Salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens. In D.C., a Freedom of Information Act was … Continue reading

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D.C. Seems To Be Driving Itself A Little Bonkers Over the Prospect Of No Tipping

Recently, some of the more prominent D.C. restaurants have considered eliminating tips, which has lead to discussions about tipping. Needless to say, The Washington Post‘s Richard Cohen goes Full Metal Prima Nocta. What I don’t get is why this is … Continue reading

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Foodborne Illness and Naked Self-Interest

Well, we’re nearing winter time, and that means…norovirus! Which is also known as winter vomiting disease and is every bit as fun as it sounds. When it comes to sick leave, I am utterly baffled by conservative opposition to it. … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Food, Fucking Morons, Public Health, Viruses